Waste Gases


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Waste Gases
Cars emit numerous waste gases. One such gas is carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon dioxide is emitted during fossil fuel (natural gas, coal, and petroleum) production. Rom and Markowitz (2005) describe CO2 as “a colorless, odorless, slightly sour-tasting gas with a molecular weight of 44.01 and a vapor density of 1.5” (p. 557). The authors go on to explain that, for humans, breathing air with a concentration of more than 7 percent CO2 is dangerous; unconsciousness and death can result, depending on the exact concentration of the CO2, the length of exposure, and individual health factors.
Carbon dioxide occurs naturally. Oparin (2003) explains that it was part of the atmosphere of the very early earth, and that organisms evolved so as...
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